improving technical knowledge (jr. associate level)IB
A bit of background: I'm currently at a junior associate level at the PE fund of mid-market investment bank. My current role is very operationally heavy, and I essentially act as a financial director at one of our portfolio companies. This is not a very exciting position, as while the level responsibility is good, it essentially boils down to taking care of a lot of admin-type work to make sure the company's project is progressing, our lenders are happy, and there is money in the bank account.
Previously I was involved in much more transaction-oriented work (closer to classic PE), however due to various reasons, this has been put on hold, the team has been significantly cut, and we are not really looking at any new deals for the foreseeable future. This also means there is very limited development potential for me currently, and I'm not really learning much.
My plan is to stick around until the end of the year, and move to a proper PE firm. My concern is that my technical knowledge would have some gaps compared to other candidates, because of my heavy operational focus this year - my question is, what would you recommend to do in the meantime to brush up my technical knowledge? What are the main technical areas I should focus on? Besides general transaction management skills, what skills should I focus on at a jr. associate level? (prior to this, I used to be in banking, but as it was the middle of the crisis, it was a lot of pitches, and few deals)
I have access to a number of our models (also from the banking side), so I have been doing some self-study with models for sectors I'm not too familiar with. Any recommendations would be highly appreciated. Cheers.
tldr: jr. associate is looking for suggestions to improve his technical knowledge